On Wednesday, the state’s canvassing board certified the remaining legislative elections that resulted in automatic recounts.
The results of both recounts had the same individuals winning. Republican Jenifer Jones of Deming Defeated incumbent Democrat Rep. Candie Sweetser in District 32. Jones has a 46-vote lead, which is unchanged from the initial results.
In the Albuquerque-based District 68, Democrat candidate Charlotte Little defeated Republican Robert Moss by 35 votes — a difference of one vote from the initial 36-vote lead.
The news now affirms that Democrats will officially control the state legislature with 45 seats to Republicans’ 25 seats.
The board, comprised of Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Shannon Bacon, all Democrats, certified the election. Bacon was not present at the certification.
Now, the House will officially have 16 new freshman legislators (* indicates previous legislative service):
Mark Duncan (R-District 2)
Tanya Mirabal Moya (R-District 7)
Cynthia Borrego (D-District 17)
Janelle Anyanonu (D-District 19)
Alan Martinez (R-District 23)
*Eleanor Chavez (D-District 26)
Jenifer Jones (R-District 32)
Tara Jaramillo (D-District 38)
*Joseph Sanchez (D-District 40)
Kathleen Cates (D-District 44)
Reena Szczepanski (D-District 47)
John Block (R-District 51)
Harlan Vincent (R-District 56)
Andrea Reeb (R-District 64)
Jimmy Mason (R-District 66)
Charlotte Little (D-District 68)